Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado

Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado

  Living in Costa Rica, we’ve noticed that the country attracts a lot of native Coloradans—both tourists and expats. It seems the love of the outdoors and adventure activities aligns well with residents of both areas. So it’s hardly any surprise that Colorado immediately caught our attention as a place where we might want to spend extended time in the future. In particular, we love Boulder for its excellent restaurants and bars along with easy access to outstanding hiking and climbing. During our last visit to Boulder, we trekked up to South Boulder Peak, which was absolutely stunning. This time around, we thought we would tackle the Flatirons Trail. While we admittedly didn’t make it to the peak we had originally set out for, we did make it to the top of the Royal Arch Trail, which was pretty epic in its own right.   Hiking the Royal Arch Trail In Boulder Colorado   We started out from our Airbnb, just steps away from the start of Bear Canyon trail. This leads to the Mesa trail which runs parallel to the Flatirons and overlooks the town of Boulder below. If you aren’t keen on a super steep hike, this is a relatively flat alternative to hiking up to the summit. After about 2 miles, the Mesa Trail eventually runs into signs for the Royal Arch trail. This is where the going gets steep and rocky. After about a mile of uphill climbing on rock stairs, you’ll reach the Royal Arch. Pass under the arch and you’ll arrive at the end of the trail, with a rewarding view looking back over Boulder and the...
Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss

Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss

It didn’t take us long to fall in love with the Dominican Republic. From the delicious tastes of Santo Domingo to the gorgeous beaches of the Northern Coast, the DR managed to exceed all our expectations—so much so that we were looking up return tickets the moment we got back to Costa Rica! One of the reasons we enjoyed our time in Sosua, Dominican Republic so much was the huge variety of fun things to do outdoors, all within easy access. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or laid-back fun-in-the-sun, there’s a little something for everyone in and around Sosua. We had a rental car, which we would highly recommend if you want to experience the Dominican Republic that’s outside of the resort walls. That said, driving is hair-raising, to say the least; it’s best if you’ve had practice driving in various conditions around the world. We know we’ll be back in Sosua to explore more of the Dominican Republic soon. In the meantime, here are eight awesome activities you won’t want to miss along the DR’s Northern Coast:     Sosua, Dominican Republic: 8 Outdoor Activities You Won’t Want To Miss   Windsurfing   If you’ve ever thought about giving windsurfing a try, then Cabarete is the beach for you. Just about ten minutes from Sosua, Cabarete is a long and beautiful beach that has been attracting windsurfers since the mid-80s. Great conditions year-round for both beginners and advanced windsurfers means just about anyone can give the sport a try!   Windsurfing in Cabarete was one of the best things we did on our entire trip. It’s not easy,...
4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia

Planning an adventure to Colombia? Chances are Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, and Bogotá are high on your bucket-list. But there’s much more to Colombia than its cities alone. Next time you’re headed to the country, check out a few of these great side trips. From colonial villages to serene natural escapes, you’ll leave Colombia with a better understanding of the vibrant, mesmerizing country:     4 Must-Visit Destinations On Your Next Trip To Colombia     1) Villa De Leyva, Boyaca: Colonial Village and Historic Adventures   Villa de Leyva (about a three-hour car drive from Bogota.)  A hidden gem for those outside of Colombia, this town has a history that will take you back in time as if you were in a real-life museum. Villa De Leyva was founded in 1572 by Spanish colonizers and became a major producer of wheat, barley, and oil. After the war for independence, Villa De Leyva gained a little fame as the hometown of war-hero, Captain Antonio Ricaurte. Finally, by 1954, Villa de Leyva officially became a National Monument.   Recently, Villa De Leyva has been attracting more and more travellers. Perhaps this is due to the growth that’s been taking place in this little village. This small town has begun to add new restaurants (perfect for taking in the stunning scenery while dining), hotels where you can enjoy the calm atmosphere of the town, and tourist shops (great for finding local nicknacks to bring back to your loved ones.) Furthermore, when “Zorro,” a popular soap opera, was filmed here, it infused this historically rich town with a flare of entertainment. Now more...
Our Epic Adventures In Nicaragua – A Travel Video

Our Epic Adventures In Nicaragua – A Travel Video

Nicaragua is relatively less traveled compared to its southern cousin we now call home, but in no way does that mean there is any lack of incredible things to see and do. We spent two weeks exploring the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes” and were amazed by what Nicaragua and its people have to offer. We usually stick to photographs, but this trip we knew there were going to be so many fun adventures that it would be nearly impossible to capture it solely through pictures. Our trip started off in the colonial town of Granada with its massive cathedrals, a cruise through the tiny islands of the Isletas on Lake Nicaragua, exploring the fuming Masaya Volcano and zip-lining through the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve. Our next stop took us to Isla de Ometepe, an island made of up two volcanoes sitting smack dab in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. This time our adventures included the natural freshwater springs at the Ojo de Agua (eye of water), a 7-hour hike and stunning view from the Maderas Volcano, and kayaking on Lake Nicaragua. Finally, we concluded our trip with a sunset sailboat cruise in San Juan del Sur and surfing at Playa Maderas. When we said there is no lack of adventure activities in Nicaragua, we weren’t kidding! Check out our video of our epic adventures in Nicaragua. Epic Adventures In Nicaragua from Daniel Moore on Vimeo. Have you been to Nicaragua? Which adventures would you do? A huge thank you to Nature Air for flying us to Nicaragua and making our adventures possible! Read More About Nicaragua: A Visual...
Discovering the Incredible Isla de Ometepe—An Island Like No Other

Discovering the Incredible Isla de Ometepe—An Island Like No Other

Isla de Ometepe is truly a place like no other.   Formed by twin volcanoes dramatically rising up out of Lake Nicaragua, each new twist and turn along the 19 km-long stretch of island offers up spectacular views of the rugged landscape. Add deserted beaches, unpaved roads, friendly locals and world-class hiking, and it’s no wonder why a visit to Isla de Ometepe is the highlight of Nicaragua for many (ourselves included!) Just an hour ferry ride from the port town of Rivas, most travelers arrive to Isla de Ometepe at Moyogalpa. It’s here in the teeny-tiny town that you’ll find a sprinkling of guesthouses and restaurants, but the real magic occurs outside of Moyogalpa and in the natural beauty of the island. We opted to stay at the Xalli Ometepe Beach Hotel, one of the best guesthouses on the island that is located directly on a sandy strip of beach in Santo Domingo—and smack-dab in the center of all Isla de Ometepe has to offer.     The best way to get to know the island is via your own two wheels, either those of a bike or a scooter. We took an entire day to circumnavigate the island, and would recommend it to everyone who visits. The journey took us past small villages, wild pigs, and muddy, pot-holed roads. It also allowed us glimpses of quiet stretches of shoreline, traditional island life and smiling Nicaraguans. Of course, a breathtaking view of one of the towering volcanoes was never far behind. Though the setting was quiet different, the experience greatly reminded us of cycling Vietnam.     Part of...